Two Cents 2011 (Silver), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Two Cents 2011 (Silver), Coin from Australia
CoinTwo Cents 2011 (Silver)

The Australian two-cent coin is the second smallest denomination of the Australian dollar. It was introduced with the Currency Act 1965 (Commonwealth) but - unlike some of the other denominations - it did not replace an earlier pre-decimal coin; given that the 5 cents piece replaced the sixpence, two cents were technically equal to 2.4 pence but the Act rounded that to either two or three pence. The halfpenny, penny and threepence denominations had no exact equivalent in the new system, unlike the sixpence, shilling and florin which were equivalent to respectively 5 cents, 10 cents and 20 cents and were re-denominated as such

The one cent and the two cent denominations were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992. They have never been demonetised though and remain legal tender.

In 2011, the Royal Australian Mint struck some in silver as an item for collectors. They are of Proof grade only and were issued in a pair (one cent and two cents only, not a full mint set).

The coins weigh 6.03 grams and have purity of 0.999 silver (0.1937 oz. ASW).

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage6,000
Obverse
Australia / Two Cents 2011 (Silver) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Reverse
Australia / Two Cents 2011 (Silver) - reverse photo

The reverse features a frilled lizard with neck frill extended and mouth open, designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin. The denomination numeral 2 [cents] is left of the lizard's head; below its body in (very) tiny letters, the designer's initials SD.

Reverse Inscription 2
EdgeEdge Inscription
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Two Cents 2011 (Silver): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Cents (NCLT)
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Cent)
Total Mintage6,000
CurrentNo
Material
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
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Two Cents 2011 (Silver): Photos
ImageDetails
2011 2c Silver Proof for the Proof Year Set
Copyright: Downies
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2011 2c Silver Proof for the Proof Year Set
Copyright: Downies
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Two Cents 2011 (Silver): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 768a